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Man sues golf club $13.2M for lowering handicap
Irish senior citizen and avid golfer Thomas Talbot, 75, is suing his former club, Hermitage Golf Club, for €10m (about $13.2 million USD) after the handicap secretary reduced his handicap by 7.7 shots between 1999 and 2004.

As the Irish Independent reported, Talbot claimed the handicap reduction took a personal toll on him over the last six years, as friends at his former club refused to play with him and labeled him a cheat.

"This case has been going on for the past six years. It has been hugely stressful. I didn't care so much about the handicap issue, it is more the principle of it.

"I'd turn up for a competition and there would be nobody to play with. I have learned the hard way that friends are a funny species -- they're never there when you want them.["]

The golf club claimed  that based on GUI Rule 19, it had an obligation to lower his handicap if it felt it was too high relative to his ability on the course.

The club and Mr Murphy deny the claims. The 21-day trial ended on Thursday after submissions by Mr Talbot, with a ruling expected within two weeks.

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